Karoliina Paatos: The American Cowboy

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The book itself, The American Cowboy is beautifully crafted with a sewn linen cover and an open spine revealing photographs of “found moments, found people, and found objects” gathered from years of immersion observing this unique culture that so defines man and nature

Americana — Alexander Missen Tracks Down the Symbols of American Culture

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Gorgeous cars, vast natural landscapes, guns, and of course the American flag: anyone who has only experienced America through films and tv shows knows these are some of the main elements that the visual representation of the United States pivots on. But while traveling across the country to make his Q&A project—which we present as part of our Americana week—British photographer Alexander Missen struggled to find these things as common and visible as fiction would have you believe.

Life, Up Close, in a Ukrainian Village

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Growing up, Lida Suchy listened to her parents’ tales of the Ukrainian homeland, which they fled because of Soviet persecution during World War II. At night, her father, Zenon, told her bedtime stories about Baba Yaga, the Ukrainian witch, but also tales from his summers spent among the Hutsul culture, deep in the Carpathian Mountains of western Ukraine. There was even a touch of romance to her parents’ first moments in exile: Zenon met his wife-to-be, Irene, when he pulled her through the window of the last train leaving the station. Together, they watched the sunset.

As He Turns 100, John Morris Recalls a Century in Photojournalism

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John Morris may be an avowed pacifist, but his career has been largely defined by war. He was born during WWl, was Robert Capa’s photo editor at Life magazine during WWll and was the first to put graphic photos of the Vietnam War on the New York Times front page. He is widely considered to be one of the most important editors in the history of photography.

Who’s Really to Blame for Fake News?

What is truly horrifying is that fake news is not the manipulation of an unsuspecting public. Quite the opposite. It is willful belief by the public. In effect, the American people are accessories in their own disinformation campaign.

The traditional and distinctive way of life in a historic fishing town in Ghana

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Elmina is a picturesque, historic fishing community dating back to the 1400s. It is one of the first European settlements in West Africa located on the south-facing bay on the Atlantic Ocean coast of Ghana. While passing through Elmina, photographer Tomasz Tomaszewski was intrigued by the beautiful landscape and the coastal fisherman’s artisanal way of life. So he went there to document what he saw. Here’s what he had to say about his experience:

Tetsuya Kusu: American Monuments

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As a member of the last generation to adore America, I was struck by a desire to see the real America—so I got in a car and hit the road. There, within the vaguely nostalgic scenery I remembered, I found people who lived commonplace, dull, and unsurprising ordinary lives just like us. My stereotype of America changed and began manifesting itself to me with a strange sense of familiarity. ——Tetsuya Kusu

Valparaiso, four points of view of a mythical city

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And then there is Valparaiso, city fantasised about by all lovers of photography who have, once leafed through, acquired, cherished like a treasure the modest book where, within beige covers, thirty-seven images by Sergio Larrain dating mainly from 1963 are assembled, with a text by his friend Pablo Neruda. Larrain, a real meteorite of 20th century photography offers an essay about this Chilean port city that is both documentary and poetic at the same time

Color and Light in a Unique Suburb of Sydney

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Sydney-born photographer Markus Andersen first visited the suburb of Cabramatta two years ago. A memorial had recently been set up in the main square honor of those who lost their lives in the 2014 Sydney hostage crisis, and moved by the scene, the photographer found himself wandering the streets.

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